What Is Your Strategy?

Conference champs

On Friday I watched my undefeated Stillwater Ponies Varsity Wrestling Team battle their way to their third state tournament appearance in three years.

Their first two duals weren’t even close, nor were they expected to be. Stillwater won both by a WIDE margin.

However, their third dual was a different story.

They were about to face a TOUGH opponent. Read More

Follow Friday: Gail Sattler

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Gail Sattler lives in Vancouver BC Canada, where you don’t have to shovel rain. When she’s not madly writing (Gail Sattler has over 40 published novels and novellas, plus a few works of non-fiction) she plays bass for an Elton John tribute band as well as a community jazz band, plus she plays piano for a smaller private jazz band. When she’s not writing or making music (or at her day job) Gail likes to sit back and read a book written by someone else, along with a good cup of hot coffee.


Visit Gail Sattler’s website at www.gailsattler.com

Gail Sattler’s blog – What Goes On In The Mind Of A Writer – http://www.gailsattler.com/category/new/

Facebook  – https://www.facebook.com/gail.sattler.3

Gail Sattler’s Facebook author page at https://www.facebook.com/Gail-Sattler-author-568988573496833/?modal=admin_todo_tour


Gail’s newest books:

The Other Neighbor –

Cheryl Richardson doesn’t know that her landlord who owns the other half of the duplex where she lives is plotting to build a bomb—but the FBI does. In order to discover what her landlord is planning to blow up, agent Steve Gableman moves next door to get closer to Cheryl to learn what she knows, namely the target and motive, so they can stop it. But when Steve involves himself in every area of her life, including her dog, will Cheryl be the one to explode?

Mercury Rising –

Michael wants to save his daughter, but first he’s got to save the world.

Michael and Charlotte meet when Michael is trying to find Ashley, his missing daughter who has fallen into drug abuse, and Charlotte is searching for her son Jon, a brilliant and aspiring young scientist who has also gone missing.
Ashley and Jon should have nothing in common, but after the murder of Jon’s favorite professor, they become ensnared in a tangled web that becomes worse with every new discovery.
When Michael and Charlotte join together to figure what their children have become involved with, they, too, are sucked into a sinkhole for which there are no answers, only more questions.
When all seems lost, will they all recognize the source of strength offered to them, and… will they take it?


Be Still

Christmas is behind us, Easter is a long way away, and here we are, stuck in the time between, the cold and dreary part of winter, fighting the cold, and many of us are battling snow and ice.

It may be rotten outside, but this is the downtime for the cycle of life. Nothing is growing, but it will. God promises us that.

Being buried in the cold, being dormant or hibernating, is a period of rest and preparation for the growth spurt in the spring. As people, I believe that applies just as much to us. This is a time where routine and responsibilities carry on. This is also a real good time to slow down, and talk to God. Not just asking God to help and heal, but mostly to appreciate the cycle of our own lives, and how we are working in with the rest of the world.

When it’s cold and it’s just a good time to stay inside, it’s a great time to be still and appreciate the beauty of nature in the winter. The snow, when it first comes down, is white and clean and perfect. I’m always amazed at how many snowflakes there must be, and they’re all created by God to be different. Billions of them. Just like the billions of people in the world, God has created them all different, and I’m just one.

Be still, and know that I am God. Ps. 46:10


 

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My 15 Minutes: Happy Valentines Day, 1 John Style

This is LOVE...Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

1 John 4:7-10

I’ve never been a big lover of V-Day. I’m still not sure of the point of all of it. But if I had to be honest, it doesn’t matter to me. It’s a strange “holiday” with little meaning.

That being said, I do believe real love is worth celebrating–every day.

Especially the love God has for you.

Beloved, on this Valentine’s Day, remember to say thank you for

  • The most amazing display of love we could ever imagine!
  • When we accept God’s love and His Son, we are saved
  • When we are saved, we are given the opportunity to have a right relationship with Him
  • In that relationship, we are His Children, adopted, co-heirs with Christ
  • And as His children, He offers us an abundant, joy-filled (notice I didn’t say easy or wealthy).

With all the stuffed animals, flowers, chocolates, and jewelry being exchanged today–remember the Gift of Love God gave us. There is nothing like it. Take time to meditate on the Gift Christ offers all of us and to pray for those who have yet to accept it as theirs.

His Love Never Fails…

My prayer for you today is that you will allow God’s love to saturate you, fill to overflowing. And that His love will splash all over those around you. May His love penetrate your hurt, sadness, darkness, and illness. May it compound your joy, enthusiasm, and excitement.

Love and prayers to you all!

 

Bible Reading Journal GIVEAWAY

Follow Friday Giveaways

Follow Friday guest author,

Adriana Morales

has graciously offered to giveaway

two personalized signed copies of

Bible Reading Journal: Growing Closer to God One Day at a Time


Contest Dates:

Saturday, February 9, 2019, to Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Winner announced

Thursday, February 14, 2019

How to enter:

2 entries for subscribing to Adriana’s Website: https://keynotesinhispresence.org/

2 entries for subscribing to Cheyenne’s website: https://cheyenneolson.com/

1 entry for each share of Adriana’s Follow Friday Post:  Follow Friday: Adriana Morales (Take 2)

1 entry WHEN YOU ADD A PERSONAL NOTE ABOUT HOW THIS POST RESONATED WITH YOU


I’m an Amazon Affiliate. If you click on any of my Amazon links it will take you to that product in your Amazon account. I earn a commission on any purchases you make at no additional cost to you (once you enter into Amazon through newsletters, blog posts, or Facebook). Your support is greatly appreciated.

Follow Friday! Adriana Morales (Take 2)

I am thrilled to share another of Adriana’s blog posts with you this week as last week I was not able to promote her work as much as I would like to due to -30 air temps and frozen lines. So I offered to do a “Take 2” and do a better job of it.


Adriana Morales was born in Venezuela, is fluent in Spanish, and is the youngest of her family. Adriana relocated to the United States at a young age and lived in Florida for 26 years. She visits her family and friends in Miami often and delights herself with Cuban meals. Adriana lives with her husband in Tennessee, adjusted to southern living traditions, cares for a feline crew of 3, and works full-time in a leadership role with the State. Adriana enjoys adult coloring, bible journaling, piano playing, blogging and considers herself as an avid reader who has served faithfully in numerous ‘book launch’ teams over the years. What’s her favorite time of day? She enjoys waking up at sunrise to read her Bible, pray, journal creatively and lead an ‘on-line’ bible study for women. For over a decade, she delights in serving faithfully in discipleship communities. Her motto is “Truth in action”. Adriana is passionate about fulfilling the Great Commission. Professionally, Adriana has been in the mental health field for over 26 years and has faithfully served children, adolescents, and their families as well as adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She worked as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida, and both as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Tennessee. “KeyNotes in His Presence” captures Adriana’s ordinary life in Tennessee; she is mindful of her walk with Jesus ‘everywhere’ she goes. She adores Jesus Christ, her Redeemer, and Savior. Adriana is prayerful at sunrise, expects the ‘best’ when she walks thru the double-doors at Corporate and embraces adversity with a servant’s heart. The battlefield of ‘daily living’ is conquered in Christ alone.


Adriana is also the author of a newly published Bible Reading Journals!!

I encourage you to check them out (just click on one of the pics)


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My 15 Minutes: Let There Be Light (Genesis 1:1-2)

My 15 Minutes are my thoughts as I study God’s Word. This year one of my goals is to read through the entire Bible. As I move forward, I will share some of what God is teaching me in this experience


Genesis 1_1-3

Have you ever experienced a deep, thick, suffocating darkness?

The kind where you’re completely disoriented and can’t see your hand in front of your face. The kind where fear twists its fingers around your throat and starts to squeeze.

Irrational or real, it doesn’t matter, the fear is there, stealing your breath and filling you with a soul-crushing panic.

Then a light pierces the darkness. Read More

Follow Friday! Adriana Morales

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Adriana Morales was born in Venezuela, is fluent in Spanish, and is the youngest of her family. Adriana relocated to the United States at a young age and lived in Florida for 26 years. She visits her family and friends in Miami often and delights herself with Cuban meals. Adriana lives with her husband in Tennessee, adjusted to southern living traditions, cares for a feline crew of 3, and works full-time in a leadership role with the State. Adriana enjoys adult coloring, bible journaling, piano playing, blogging and considers herself as an avid reader who has served faithfully in numerous ‘book launch’ teams over the years. What’s her favorite time of day? She enjoys waking up at sunrise to read her Bible, pray, journal creatively and lead an ‘on-line’ bible study for women. For over a decade, she delights in serving faithfully in discipleship communities. Her motto is “Truth in action”. Adriana is passionate about fulfilling the Great Commission. Professionally, Adriana has been in the mental health field for over 26 years and has faithfully served children, adolescents, and their families as well as adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She worked as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida, and both as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Tennessee. “KeyNotes in His Presence” captures Adriana’s ordinary life in Tennessee; she is mindful of her walk with Jesus ‘everywhere’ she goes. She adores Jesus Christ, her Redeemer, and Savior. Adriana is prayerful at sunrise, expects the ‘best’ when she walks thru the double-doors at Corporate and embraces adversity with a servant’s heart. The battlefield of ‘daily living’ is conquered in Christ alone.


Be Intentional!

Be Intentional!

Lord,

Every year I choose a different action word to be mindful of and prayerful throughout the entire year.

Believe, trust, surrender and persevere were my last four choices.

These words have made an impact on my life and recurrent themes play out in today’s life happenings.

‘Intentional’ is the new choice for the upcoming year.

Help me be more intentional, Lord!

Since I was a young adult, I have always been intentional, passionate and committed to all sort of personal and professional goals.

Graduate school – check. Marriage – check. Relocation – check. Build a new home – check, check, check. Leadership- check. The endless list continues to be checked off today.

I praise God for all of His blessings and provisions over the past five decades.

I was never intentional with friendships though!  I struggled to slow down on any given day and visit a friend.

Jesus Christ was intentional in all of his relationships and created community everywhere he went. He enjoyed sitting around a table with his twelve disciples, took time to help others, healed many, fed thousands, shared valuable lessons in all of His parables and teachings, interacted with people from all walks of life, and walked alongside sinners in his short-lived ministry.

Jesus shared his life with the twelve disciples and got to know them well.

Jesus took time, was never in a hurry or busy for His beloved family, friends, and others. When His timing appeared to be delayed, Jesus’ had a divine purpose and glorified our Abba Father along the way.

“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭2:46‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I have friends in different States and in various countries. Geographical distance is not an excuse in today’s economy; social media, facetime, and other available phone applications make our lives so much easier today to stay connected. Travel opportunities are even affordable nowadays.

I still struggle today in connecting with friends who appreciate a two-way conversation at a kitchen table. I would rather be checking off tasks from my ‘to do’ list than sharing a meal with a friend at her house. Both personal aspirations and work consume my time. Busyness was my ‘numero uno’ (number one) excuse for decades! I was way too busy. The community was not a priority then.

Because I never took the time to nourish past relationships, I am now embracing the pain of loneliness in my everyday life.

I live far away from immediate family and relatives; dad passed away several years ago, mom has Alzheimer’s Disease and the few friends I do have, I have failed to connect and do life with them over the course of time.

It is never to late to recognize the value of community though.

I am now ready to change my ways, Lord, show me how!

Local community offers a sense of belongingness and brings joy, fulfillment, and comfort to our hearts and souls. Unforgettable memories are created over the course of time! Friends make a difference in one’s life. Doing life together is priceless.

I will always treasure the memories I created with my folks and childhood friends.

Being intentional in relationships may be defined as ‘sharing one’s life’ with a friend or two in truth and action at a kitchen table. Since I do not know how to cook, I hardly ever invite others for a meal at my place.

Lord,  I want to be intentional with heart connections! My heart’s desire is to be more like Jesus, one connection at a time.

A text message was the starting point for me…

It was mid-afternoon when I received a text message from one of my local friends, “We would love to have you and your husband for dinner this afternoon.”

I was thrilled and immediately accepted it.

My husband and I would like to socialize with local friends more often. There is only one problem…we have not made friends in our local community as of yet. We have co-workers at our job site, professional colleagues in our network, acquaintances in Church, long-distance friendships and relatives, a ton of virtual friends yet no one to share life in our local community.

“Isn’t that strange?” Not really. When you are so caught up with professional goals, challenging family circumstances or just everyday life happenings, it is not unusual to neglect community.

When we arrived at our friends’ home, we were warmly welcomed. We exchanged ideas at the dining table, learned more about each other and wrapped up the evening with corporate prayer. The highlight of the evening was when my girlfriend admitted she did not know ‘how to’ cook yet she had been watching videos on youtube.com! I was pleasantly surprised by her honesty. I soon realized I could learn to cook by watching chefs as well. When we both admitted to our struggles in the kitchen area, I was no longer alone and in distress. Perhaps I too could learn simple recipes at age fifty-one and start having friends over my place real soon.

It is never too late to learn a new skill or establish a new habit or have a new dream in life. I choose to be intentional in the kitchen next year, and most importantly nourish the relationship of selected friends whom I want to do life with.

Have you considered connecting with a local friend today? Slow down and be intentional with a friend or two this week.

Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone? I’m already searching for easy recipes. This is definitely a foreign topic for me.

“ Progress not Perfection” is my new motto.

Let us schedule a visit with a friend and don’t excuse yourself!

In Jesus’ name, I bravely pray.

Amen.

Let us sit at our Lord’s feet:

Inscribe and Meditate: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had a need. Every day they continued to meet together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:42-47 NIV).

Memory Verse: Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14 NIV).

Weekly Challenge: Are you ready to be intentional today? If so, what would be your first step?

Goodbye Regret Giveaway! (Follow Friday with Doris Swift)

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Follow Friday guest author, Doris Swift

has graciously offered to giveaway

one personalized signed copy of

Goodbye Regret, Forgiving Yourself of Past Mistakes

Contest Dates:

Friday, January 25, 2019, to Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

Winner announced

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

How to enter:

2 entries for subscribing to Doris’s Website: https://dorisswift.com/

2 entries for subscribing to Cheyenne’s website: https://cheyenneolson.com/

1 entry for each share of Michelle’s Follow Friday Post:  Follow Friday: Doris Swift

  • These must be shared from my website, https://cheyenneolson.com/ per rules on social media. (I had no idea)
  • At the bottom of the post, there are share buttons for various social media and email. Click one, follow the directions and BAM, you’re in!

1 entry

  • WHEN YOU ADD A PERSONAL NOTE ABOUT HOW THIS POST RESONATED WITH YOU

Follow Friday! Doris Swift!

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Doris Swift is an inspirational writer, speaker, and author of Goodbye, Regret: Forgiving Yourself of Past Mistakes. In ministry for more than thirty years, Doris is passionate about encouraging women to walk deeper in faith, bloom in their calling, and use their gifts to impact the world. Doris’s writing has been featured on (in)courage, Just Between Us Magazine, Life Letter Café, Thrive Global, and Purposeful Faith. She currently resides in Florida with her awesomely supportive husband Brian. They make date nights a priority, love to visit historic cities and spoil their grandchildren unapologetically.


How God Will Use What You Already Have…

What is the strangest gift you’ve ever received?

I wonder if it tops this one…

The hubs has a pest control business and his regular customers bless him with appreciation gifts at Christmastime. We get all kinds of goodies like cookies, fudge, candy, gift cards. We were amused by this one particular gift he received from a customer…

Biofreeze.

She had extra, so hey, why not?

Then it happened–within a day apart both Brian and I injured our backs. What? Cookies weren’t going to help this situation, but there was one gift that could–Biofreeze. A topical analgesic that uses the cooling effect of menthol, a natural pain reliever. An unusual gift God provided in the past for our future.

God Knows

God knows what we need before we even know we need it. He does that in our walk with Him, too. He equips us with not only material things we’ll need, but with gifts, talents, and skills that come in handy-dandy. Like when you need to part the Red Sea and such. Okay, we may not be called to do that, but I was glad God equipped my dad when the sea tried swallowing me up…

I must have been eight or nine maybe? We were down the shore (that’s Jersey talk for a trip to the beach). A beautiful day frolicking in the waves turned scary-dangerous for me and this boy floundering next to me. The lifeguard was busy, checking out bikinis I’m sure, and never saw our two heads bobbing over the swells of each passing wave.

God, of course, saw us and sent my dad, who was a lifeguard in his younger days, out after us to haul us back to shore. God equipped my dad with life-guarding skills years before, perhaps for that very day.

It May Not Be Today…

So when you receive a gift, learn a skill, or feel like what you’re doing is a waste of time–you never know how God will use it. It may not be today or tomorrow. It may be months or even years from now…

Trust God and hang on to whatever you’ve got for whenever He calls you to use it. I’m not talking about hoarding stuff, like those ten packages of shower curtain hooks or the twenty glass vases under the sink. You know, in case you open a florist someday.

I’m talking about the gifts, talents, and skills God equips you with for His purposes and His plans. Plans for His glory, the benefit of others, and your life. Our seasons may change, our circumstances may change, but His plans stand. The key is, we have to choose to walk in them. That choice is a gift right there.

It’s Never Too Soon and It’s Never Too Late

Think you’re a has been, God says you’re a will be. Think you’re a been-there-done-that gal, God sees you as a go-there-do-that gal. Think you’re not ready or not able? God calls you and He makes you ready and able. Don’t give up on your dreams and don’t believe the lie that God can’t use you.

No matter your past and no matter your age, young or old, God’s got you. He sees you, He knows you, He loves you, and He wants to use you. Believe it.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

So pack your cute, sensible shoes and go where He leads. Maybe pack some Biofreeze, too. Let your light shine bright, friend, and use the gifts God has given you. The world needs them. They are the only kind of gifts we can give away yet still keep.

Call to Action

Photo by Arnel Hasanovic on Unsplash

Take a moment to write a thank you note to God for his provision, how He has gifted you, and the plans He has for your life. May each new day reveal more of Him and present divine opportunities to use your gifts.

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Did this message bless you?

If so, would you take a moment to share this post?

Peace, Love & Joy in Him,

Doris

Hope Prevails Giveaway!

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Follow Friday guest author, Dr. Michelle Bengtson

has graciously offered to giveaway one copy of Hope Prevails and one copy of Hope Prevails Bible Study!

 

  

Contest Dates:

Friday, January 18, 2019, to Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

Winners announced

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

  • One name will be drawn for Hope Prevails
  • One name will be drawn for Hope Prevails Bible Study

 

How to enter:

2 entries for subscribing to Michelle’s Website: http://www.DrMichelleBengtson.com

2 entries for subscribing to Cheyenne’s website: https://cheyenneolson.com/

1 entry for each share of Michelle’s Follow Friday Post:  Follow Friday: Michelle Bengtson

  • These must be shared from my website, https://cheyenneolson.com/ per rules on social media.
  • At the bottom of the post, there are share buttons for various social media and email. Click one, follow the directions and BAM, you’re in!
  • WHEN YOU ADD A PERSONAL NOT ABOUT HOW THIS POST RESONATED WITH YOU, YOU WILL ALSO HAVE AN ADDITIONAL ENTRY THROWN INTO THE POT

 

Follow Friday!! Michelle Bengtson

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Michelle and I met through Facebook and have become prayer partners.

She is an amazing woman of integrity and joy who practices what she preaches, even as she battles cancer. She knows what it is for Satan to steal your joy and to get it back again through the strength and power of the hope that only Jesus Christ offers.

Michelle is honest, sincere, and real as this blog post reveals. I can’t wait to hear how it resonates with you.

Comparison is something I’ve wrestled with my entire life–from childhood until now. In all areas of my life–educations, athletics, appearance, and writing. It’s held me back, fed my insecurities, and even eroded my own joy. But Michelle’s wise and encouraging words gave me hope as she leveled the playing field for everyone, negating the need to compare. Read More

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